This one had me tearing my hair. The instructions for a classic ghazal are convoluted, and I didn’t even attempt the last injunction—to use the poet’s name in the last couplet. However, many of you played fast and loose with some of the other rules too. The results were often beautiful poetry, but missed the point of the ghazal. I admire your courage in going back and producing another poem in the strict ghazal style.
Ghazal or not ghazal, all your creations are poems, lyrical and lovely. They all have a refrain that gives them that song-like quality I think the original ghazal was aiming for, so full marks for creative adaptation.
I think tomorrow’s prompt will be a little more straightforward 🙂
Just adding a late entry from Kim. She got the thing about adding a reference to the poet in the last couplet, so three cheers for that feat!
First one was from Lady Lee
A first time entry from Matthew and a pretty good one from a self-styled non-poet 🙂
Sarah’s ghazal is a reworking of a first attempt. That internal rhyme scheme is very clever 🙂
Louise—what you’d expect, really.
Ken with another threatening dawn interpretation.
Damien, who worried away at it to get a ghazal from a lovely poem that wasn’t quite a ghazal.
Kat, another unrepentant rule-breaker with a classical-sounding poem. Again, very apt given the image prompt.
Another adventurous attempt from the Fleeting Muse from Assam (Axom?)
Merril with a ghazal variant I liked a lot.
Same for Kerfe—a poetic variation that makes perfect sense. Love it.
The Crow, breaking rules and not caring. I don’t either—it’s a great, dark and dismal poem 🙂
Leara who also worked away at this form to lick it into ghazal shape.
Janice’s poem is mid-way between melancholic and hopeful. Exactly the right tone for the rather strange painting.
Anita, another first timer, who also revised her copy. Strange how many have chosen to leap in with the most problematic challenge so far. Latent masochism?